Ultrasound: A noninvasive screening test for detrusor instability

V. Khullar, L. D. Cardozo, S. Salvatore, S. Hill

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Objective. To determine whether transvaginal ultrasound measurement of bladder wall thickness can be used as a screening test for detrusor instability in women with urinary symptoms. Design. A blinded prospective study. Setting. A London teaching hospital. Participants. One hundred and eighty-four symptomatic women presenting to a aerodynamic clinic. Main outcome measure. The detection of detrusor instability by means of videocystourethrography (VCU) and ambulatory urodynamics in women with a mean bladder wall thickness of greater than 5 mm measured by transvaginal ultrasound. Results. One hundred and eight women had a mean bladder wall thickness of greater than 5 mm. Ninetyfour percent (102) of these women had detrusor instability either when undergoing VCU or ambulatory urodynamics. Seventeen women had a bladder wall thickness of less than 3.5 mm of whom three were found to have detrusor instability on VCU. Conclusion. The measurement of a mean bladderwall thickness greater than 5 mm with transvaginal ultrasound is a sensitive screening method for diagnosing detrusor instability in symptomatic women without outflow obstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)904-908
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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